Team KK brings together decades of experience and deep expertise in a number of areas, including competition law, trade development, regulatory compliance and public policy.

Kirti Kumar Mehta


Senior Consultant

Mr. Kirti Mehta is former Cartels Director in the Directorate General for Competition in the European Commission. Holding a Ph.D in Quantitative economics specialising in the fields of competitive analysis and international trade from London School of Economics, Kirti Mehta’s last assignment with DG Competition, EU Commission, was that of Principal Advisor. Prior to joining the Commission, he was a senior economist in the Commodity Analysis and Export Projections department of the World Bank, Washington D.C.

His expertise principally covers competition and trade law and economics. Aside from enforcement responsibilities, he directed the development of EU Commission’s market definition notice and guidelines on merger transactions as well as revisions of guidelines on vertical restraints, joint ventures, technology transfer agreements and legislative texts on horizontal state aids.

Bankim P Mehta



Mr. Bankim Mehta is a dynamic entrepreneur, who has made many path-breaking achievements in the financial world. He has been in the equity markets as a broker as well as an investor for almost three decades. He has been instrumental in attracting NRI funds to Indian markets via his valuable contacts in the broking and banking industry within as well as outside India (MENA region).

He has won laurels for attracting funds in to India’s primary market. Some of his achievements include – the largest mobilisation of India Fund of UTI, and the largest procurement of SBI’s India Development Bonds. Some of the major syndications done by Mr. Mehta for large and mid-size corporations (Indian and international) are in excess of a billon US Dollars.

Kaushal K Sharma

New Delhi


Mr. KK Sharma is former Director General & Head of Merger Control and Antitrust Divisions of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). He has to his credit the distinction of drafting the competition law and regulations in India and overseeing their enforcement thereafter. Mr. Sharma has investigated several cases of competition law violations falling under a number of sectors as the first Director General of the functional CCI.

The creation of Merger Review Format for India, drafting of merger regulations and overseeing the first few merger clearances was done under his leadership. He has a comprehensive experience, of nearly three decades, in various Government departments and public bodies, including direct tax administration, the Competition Commission of India as well as the private sector.

A regular speaker at national and international Conferences on competition law, he is an active member of International Competition Network (ICN) Merger Working Group. Mr. Sharma is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, a qualified lawyer and an economics masters. He is trained in competition law economics from King’s College, London.

Derek Ireland


Senior Consultant

Dr. Derek Ireland has worked as an economist, policy analyst and manager in the Canadian public and private sectors for 45 years. His positions in government were Senior Economist and Director of Economics and International Affairs at the Canadian Competition Bureau from 1990 to 1995; and Director of Consumer Policy Research and Acting Director-General for the Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) of Industry Canada from 1995 to 1998. His extensive international experience includes more than 30 major consulting assignments in China on urban and regional development, infrastructure financing and regulatory reform for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and local governments; as well as research and policy development work in several other developing countries such as Malaysia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, and in Botswana working with the Secretariat of the Southern Africa Development Community on the enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws among the SADC Member States.

Mr. Ireland has a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Economics from Carleton University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University Ottawa Canada, with his research focused on competition policy, law and institutions, governance and regulatory reform in developing and emerging market economies.

Swaminathan S A Aiyar

Washington DC

Senior Consultant

Mr. Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is a research fellow at the Cato Institute with a special focus on India and Asia. His research interests include economic change in developing countries, human rights and civil strife, political economy, energy, trade and industry. He is a columnist and TV commentator in India, well-known for a popular weekly column titled “Swaminomics” in the Times of India.

He is the author of Escape from the Benevolent Zookeepers – The Best of Swaminomics (New Delhi: Times of India, 2008) and has been called “India’s leading economic journalist” by Stephen Cohen of the Brookings Institution. He has been the editor of India’s two biggest financial dailies, The Economic Times and Financial Express, and was also the India correspondent of The Economist for two decades. He has frequently been a consultant to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He holds a masters degree in economics from Oxford University, UK.

Frank Fine


Senior Counsel

Mr. Frank Fine has been practicing EC competition law in Brussels since 1986. Mr Fine, amongst other prestigious assignments, currently serves as the Executive Director of the China Institute of International Antitrust and Investment, established in March 2012 under the auspices of the China University of Law and Political Science, where he is Visiting Professor of Competition Law.

Mr Fine obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola International & Comparative Law Journal. He subsequently obtained an LL.M. (with honors) and Ph.D. in EC Competition Law from the University of Cambridge in England.